Diversity Project 2000 and Beyond

Diversity Project 2000 and Beyond (DP2kB)
Psychology for a Global Community Coordinated with the
American Psychological Association Convention
Toronto, Canada, August 4 – 7, 2009

Diversity Project 2000 and Beyond (DP2kB) is a leadership and mentoring program designed for ethnic minority honor students attending community colleges.  DP2kB occurs two days prior to and two days during the American Psychological Association (APA) convention and offers full grants for out-of-state students and partial grants for local students admitted into the program.  This year the program is in Toronto, Canada, August 4 – 7, 2009.  For additional information and to apply to DP2kB, students can click here.

The mission of DP2kB is to encourage ethnic minority honor students at the community college level to become professional psychologists in the areas of practice, education or research. DP2kB was created in the hope that increasing the number of ethnic minority psychologists will have a positive impact on reducing the health disparity among communities of color. Both full and partial grants are awarded to students who are admitted into the program depending on the location of their community college affiliation relative to the APA convention site.

Student participants can place the following on their curriculum vita:
Grant recipient to Diversity Project 2000 and Beyond, a national leadership and mentoring program co-sponsored by the American Psychological Association’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs and the Educational Directorate, the Minority Fellowship Program, the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health, and Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology for Two-year Colleges.

Special Leadership Opportunity for DP2kB Alumni

DP2kB alumni have the opportunity to apply to co-direct the program after obtaining their advanced degrees in psychology.

Faculty Recommendations
We are asking faculty to identify students in their classes that may qualify for the program and direct them to the application form.

Qualifications for student participants are listed below:
•    Enrolled in transfer courses at a community college;
•    Overall GPA of 3.0 or above (Psi Beta member or qualified to be one);
•    Grade of A or B in General Psychology (Psi Beta member or qualified to be one);
•    Interested in learning about career opportunities in psychology;
•    Willing to attend the entire program (2-days) and APA convention (2-days) and closing evening reception.
•    Funding is only available for student participants, who are American citizens and represent one of the following ethnic minority groups (alphabetical order):
o    African American,
o    American Indian,
o    Asian/Pacific Island,
o    Hispanic/Latino.
The program has been highly successful as evidenced by the student achievements and comments provided below:


Dr. Tawa Witko, DP2kB alumna, 1994
“DP2kB changed my life and transformed me from a community college student to a PsyD level psychologist who is actively serving the American Indian community.”
Dr. Witko is currently working for the United American Indian Involvement, Inc. in Los Angeles, where she provides individual and family counseling for urban Indians in addition to running the new domestic violence and sexual assault program (National Pathways to Healing).  She served as Co-Director for DP2kB and was adjunct faculty at Fullerton Community College (CA).
Tawa M. Witko, PsyD, an Oglala Sioux, received her doctorate in clinical psychology, from the California School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles.

Dr. Orville Jackson, DP2kB alumnus, 1994
“I can’t describe what DP2kB did for me other than to say WOW.  I met psychologists of color from all the country and I knew I wanted to become one of them.  DP2kB inspired me to pursue a career in physiological psychology.”
Orville Jackson received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Physiological Psychology.

Sonali Gonzalez, DP2kB alumna, 2001

“I’m in my third year of serving as the Co-Director for DP2kB.  This program has taught me what it means to be a leader and to mentor students of color who are interested in becoming professional psychologists.” Sonali Gonzalez is a graduate student in the Master of Arts Program in Community Counseling at Northern Arizona University.  Sonali has recently applied to a doctoral program in community counseling.
Sonali Gonzalez is the current student Alumna Director for DP2kB.


Funding for this project, now in its 14th year,  has been made possible by a cooperative effort of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs of the Public Interest Directorate and the APA’s Precollege and Undergraduate Programs of the Education Directorate, the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) and the National Honor Society in Psychology for Two-year Colleges (Psi Beta).

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